An Action Plan Programme.

DTP Triangle (6)


  • To give leaders the techniques, tools and strategies, to create effective school improvement action plans.
  • To support the leadership of the implementation of action plans that raise the quality of teaching and learning to ensure every student benefits from quality teaching and learning experiences and outcomes.
  • To value action planning as a critical leadership skill.

The AAP has been designed and is led by Peter Blenkinsop, the ex-headteacher of an outstanding school. The programme gives leaders a set of high-level skills and strategies that enable them to act effectively on the information collected on what really happens in their school. This programme is a directly supported activity which takes place in your own school.


To provide leaders with the ability to:

  • plan for implementation
  • set milestones, success criteria and identify the most appropriate person(s) to be taking the action
  • monitor the progress of an action plan and take appropriate actions
  • support a school culture where the improving the quality of teaching and learning is openly observed, discussed, challenged and enhanced

Leaders who have taken part will have increased professional satisfaction and will have opened up opportunities for further leadership and career progression.


The main features of this programme have been used in schools across the country. Leaders who have been trained in the process report being enthusiastic about what it has revealed about the actual learning taking place in classrooms, the atmosphere and operations in places such as dining halls and playing areas. When twinned with the Know Your School Programme teachers see the process as very supportive, particularly with behaviour management.


Typical Content:

  • Coaching support for the team writing the action plan
  • Understanding the issue in detail
  • Taking time to consider all aspects
  • Identify the main actions that are needed
  • Clarify what makes good success criteria
  • Date the end point for each action item
  • Create quality success criteria
  • Plan the communication strategy
  • Involve all those affected directly
  • Focus the plan on improving teaching and learning
  • Use of PSTB to brainstorm and develop aspects to consider
  • Use a variety of tools to help develop a vision for the action plan
  • Create a “brown paper” timeline which is visible to all
  • Become known as a leader who is dedicated to improving teaching and learning
  • Discuss the sharing of the action plan
  • Identify any threats to the effective implementation of the plan
  • Plan to manage these threats
  • And much, much more…


The style is very open and will engage with participants’ experiences and knowledge.


The Programme:

  • is facilitated over a full school day. Half the day will be a taught session. The rest is the supported development of an action plan.
  • clarity over the aims before setting up the action plan is critical.
  • identifying the equivalent of a Gantt diagram will be used to timeline the activities.

Which Teachers?

Leaders who have a need to implement an improvement plan. The discipline of thinking hard about the outcomes sought and the creation of a detailed action plan are themselves, helpful in the eventual successful outcomes of the action plan.

The programme is most effective when schools are able to involve all those affected by the plan and especially those directly involved in the delivery, monitoring and implementation of the steps in the action plan.

Applicants need to demonstrate:

  • a strong commitment to improving Teaching and Learning
  • valuing planning for improvement
  • willing to spend time creating and modifying a plan
  • a significant area identified which needs improvement

Cost is per day, usually one day is sufficient, plus VAT.